Some children may develop a learning difficulty if they struggle to develop as quickly as expected. A learning difficulty is a broad term that covers a wide range of developmental difficulties in children. These can be temporary, or they may have an impact on the person for their entire lifetime.
While developmental disabilities should never have to define a person or dictate what they can achieve in the future, many parents want to take action to ensure that the cause of their child's disability is established. In many cases, a learning disability may be derived from an injury during birth. When developmental disabilities are the result of a birth injury, it may be possible to make a medical malpractice claim against the medical provider.
What kinds of cognitive disabilities can come from birth injuries?
Injuries at birth could result in issues such as delayed language development, motor skills and difficulties with proficiency in mathematics. Birth complications could even result in serious conditions such as autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
Why do cognitive disabilities result from injuries at birth?
One of the biggest causes of cognitive disabilities caused at birth is oxygen deprivation. In general, the amount of time that a baby is deprived of oxygen can dictate the seriousness of the outcome. If a child is deprived of oxygen for less than a minute, they may suffer from mild cognitive issues. However, if they are deprived of oxygen for one minute or longer, this could cause life-altering cognitive disabilities.
Can I make a medical malpractice claim if my child has a cognitive disability?
If your child has a cognitive disability, there are several things that you will need to do to make a medical malpractice claim. You will first need to show that your child's cognitive disability was caused at birth. You will then need to show that the incompetence of your medical provider caused a birth injury that could have been prevented by a competent doctor.
Make sure that you consider taking action if your child has suffered due to medical incompetence. By doing so, you may be able to gain back the damages that you and your child deserves.